Find the strength within to face challenges, both inward and out.
The activities in this resource provide a framework to facilitate learning through discussion and comprehension. Put events in order as they happen when Cole encounters the Spirit Bear. Get into Cole’s dad’s shoes and imagine his perspective on their relationship. Find the best synonym for words used in the chapters. Imagine how you can set yourself up for success by practicing good habits. Describe what “being invisible” will require Cole to do. Create a camp log for Cole, detailing all the jobs he must accomplish in a day. Design a food chain to show the connections between plants and animals. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.
About the Novel:
Touching Spirit Bear illustrates the struggle of one boy finding himself in the wilderness and letting go of his anger. Cole Matthews is a troubled kid. He is angry and violent and on a path to jail. After brutally injuring a fellow student, Cole is given the opportunity to face Circle Justice instead of prison. The goal is for Cole to learn from his mistakes and grow into a better man. To do this, Cole must spend a year alone on an island in Alaska. Cole goes along with the plan, biding his time until he can escape. He starts by burning down the cabin and supplies left for him as a form of protest. Then, he attempts to swim his way to freedom. Unfortunately, this proves difficult, and Cole is forced to return to where he started. When he’s mortally wounded by an attack from the Spirit Bear, Cole is once again faced with fighting for his life and jail time. Granted a second chance, Cole is determined to finally let go of his anger and find peace with himself.